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April is Rosacea Awareness Month. Rosacea affects more than 16 million Americans. This skin disorder causes unsightly redness from broken capillaries on the skin, flushing and in more severe cases “acne-like” breakouts. It causes a lowered self-confidence and self-esteem and in some cases causes people to avoid social engagements. The goal is control the symptoms, not cure it. Gaining insight to the individual triggers that cause flares is key. Common triggers can include hot or spicy foods, alcohol, and stress. New studies are now revealing possible associations between rosacea and cardiovascular disease and gastrointestinal disease. Overall, rosacea is a poorly understood disorder of the facial skin that can strike anytime after the age of 30.

With out treatment the condition will worsen over time and in severe cases usually in men, the nose may become enlarged from development of excess tissue. The condition known as rhynophyma is what gave W.C. Fields his trademark red, bulbous nose.

The good news is there are a variety of medical therapies in addition to lifestyle changes that can help to effectively control and reduce the symptoms. At ReNew You Medical Spa we can help you with the less severe cases of rosacea using a combination of topical therapies and IPL treatments to shrink down the capillaries on the surface of the skin.

-Jessie Norton, PA-C